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Colobus Conservation


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Colobus Conservation has been working in Diani, Kenya for 20 years. Established in January 1997, the center has implemented many innovative primate conservation solutions that have an immediate impact. Colobus Conservation works hard to conserve the Nationally Threatened black and white Angolan colobus monkey, as well as, working with other monkey species found in the area.

There are a variety of projects underway at the Colobus Conservation, including behavioral research, community outreach programmes, education, animal husbandry and welfare, plus much more. Colobus Conservation aims to reduce the impact of human development and work alongside local communities to encourage co-existence amongst people and the natural environment.

Volunteers are able to gain experience in several areas relating to primate conservation. Volunteers must be willing to get involved, some of the work can be physically demanding but incredibly rewarding, and there is always the opportunity to cool down in the ocean at the end of the day. Animal rescue and veterinary rehabilitation are conducted by the trained staff of Colobus Conservation, however, volunteers are welcome to observe and learn. There are also opportunities for volunteers to conduct their own research or be tasked with a specific project, working alongside staff experienced in primate conservation. Duties will depend upon an individual's interests and previous experience.

Diani is a beautiful and popular part of Kenya, therefore in your downtime, there is plenty to do, from relaxing by the pool or traveling further afield to see the elephants and other game animals at the amazing national parks of Kenya. Volunteers can cool off with a swim in the Indian Ocean, and there are also opportunities here for scuba diving, skydiving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. You might choose to take trips (at own cost) to the sacred forests, the historic town of Mombasa or the mangrove swamps.

Colobus Conservation

Project title
Colobus Conservation

Project location
Diani Beach, Kenya

Mwarabu Mwakutunza

Year round


Who can volunteer?
Adults of both sexes 18+

2 weeks minimum and 24 weeks maxmum

US$375 per week with a reducible figure of US$300 per week after a 12 week minimum commitment. The volunteer rate includes shared accommodation, meals, airport transfers, WiFi, training, laundry services. A deposit payment of US$250 is required upon approval of placement. Research Intern's pay US$110 per week for 12 weeks minimum stay.

We offer a variety of long-term projects or general operations that eco-volunteers can become involved in. Volunteers will be allocated specific duties dependent upon individual experience, interest and current openings. However, all volunteers should be willing to help out with any aspect of Colobus Conservation's work when required and to change topics if a crisis arises. Volunteers work alternate 5 day — 6 day weeks and Saturday and Sunday are considered a normal working day. A typical work day is 8am—5pm with a one-hour lunch break. However, volunteers should be willing to be on-call at all times, in case of animal welfare or orphan emergency. You should be prepared for often challenging and hard work, and in the case of orphan care, around the clock feeding. You will be given 1-2 days off per week which can be variable according to volunteer numbers and animal care workload. Your time off can be used to visit local attractions, go on safari or relax on the beach or in the local spa. We strongly recommend volunteers to take time to go on safari and if you wish to be away for longer than your volunteer days allow, simply consult with the Conservation Manager. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and the more you put into this opportunity, the more you will get out of it. Working together with like-minded individuals you will be able to see first hand how your actions benefit Diani Forest and it's wildlife.

How to apply
If you are interested in volunteering at Colobus Conservation, please email and request an application form.

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